If you ever wanted to adopt a child or a dog but thought it would be too much responsibility, here’s an opportunity that might interest you. Kettle Ridge Farm in upstate New York is offering you the chance to adopt a maple syrup tree. The adoption package includes a certificate, GPS coordinates of your tree’s exact location, multiple flasks of syrup (of course), and homemade granola. For an additional fee, you can even visit the farm and get the opportunity to learn to tap a tree yourself. The best part is you’ll never have to feed or walk it. Now that is the kind of relationship we can commit to.

It’s an amazing Valentine’s Day gift for the breakfast lover in your life.  What could literally be sweeter than your own source of syrup? We’ll take a tree over roses any day! It may sound unconventional, but we’re such saps! (Pun totally intended.)

But in addition to getting a personalized source of pancakes and waffle toppings, you’ll also be helping the environment and the farm’s sustainability initiatives. According to the Kettle Ridge Farm’s Kickstarter page:

“Maple syrup production is a continually threatened industry due to climate change, various tree diseases and cheap (and not so healthy) alternatives in the marketplace. We’re doing everything within our power to keep the maple sugaring tradition alive and educate the public on the health benefits associated with maple products. Our main goal for the future is to construct a brand new sugarhouse, including a certified commercial kitchen and indoor event space right here at the farm.”

You can learn more about the Adopt-a-Maple program on the farm’s website and start brainstorming names for your future tree baby. Might we suggest, Charles, or maybe Matilda? Something with the kind of class and dignity syrup deserves.

Header image courtesy of Kettle Ridge Farms.

Jessica is a former Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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